Being Good To Me 365 – Day 123 – Hello Giggles

Let’s flash back to November 2014.  I sent Hello Giggles that I’d love to write for them and I mentioned my blog.

I’ve been asked to pitch about what I’d write about it.  My blogs evolving and continuing to.  I mean here’s some of the directions it’s already been in my quest to have this blog just for me.  I used to love to write and had that taken away due to some things in life and then I was afraid to write, really write and instead of getting rid of my blog I found others things to blog about.  Here’s not just my pitch but why my blog is really just about a reformed type a trying to figure out life one day at a time.

The point of this blog when it started was to discuss the ups and downs of living with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) I mean even the full name is horrible. From the disease I needed to have Gastric Bypass.  My focus then became about living with PCOS and the after effects of Gastric Bypass including my new friend I acquired Body Dysmorphia.  Growing up thin and then gaining and losing 100 lbs. in a year does a lot to how one looks at oneself.  I saw how people treated me better when I was thin again, how society treated me better too.  It’s really sad that we live in a time where people are judged so much on the way they look…especially if overweight.  I saw that society forgives and accepts people in recovery from drugs and alcohol more than they accept overweight people and to this day it drives me insane.  NO ONE knows the personal struggles someone is going through and why they may or may not be overweight and it’s not our place to judge….

Next I saw that because of PCOS I couldn’t eat Gluten or Dairy and instantly I started creating recipes that are gluten and dairy free but still taste good.  Not all things restricted of gluten or dairy need to taste bad.  I’ve made Lemon Bars, Lasagna, Amazing Salads,  Cookies, you name it and I’ve probably made it.  This has been a constant.  I love baking and cooking and when I’m not super busy I do a lot more of it.

When I turned 37 I turned my blog for the first time into a challenge.  A challenge to take a photo a day of my life and to not reuse the same photo.  The point was to enjoy life.  It was around this time I didn’t feel safe writing anymore and pictures with a little blurb felt safe to me.

My life fell apart shortly after I turned 38.  I don’t need to get into the details but after almost dying I knew I couldn’t live like I was anymore.  I couldn’t feel the loneliness.  SO that’s where my blog is now.  Since my daughter’s 14th birthday I’ve started a new challenge….365 days of being good to me.  A lot of days at first were short entries and still a lot of pain but how to walk through that pain as well and to know that not every day is going to be a good one.  Life happens.  Still as of recent my posts have been more detailed and I’m really saying what I want and not in fear.  I’m starting to get me back and as I evolve again into the writer I once was I’d love to share the journey and getting through anything with the readers of Hello Giggles and my followers here.

I love expressing myself more and more.  I’m excited for what’s to come whether or not I’m a writer for Hello Giggles.  The fact they wanted to hear more was a win already!

One Lovely Blog Award


Thank you so much Love & Flats for this nomination. I really appreciate it. I am really excited to fill this one out!!

Here are the steps to accept One Lovely Blog:

One- You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
Two- You must list the rules and display the award.
Three- You must add seven facts about yourself.
Four- must nominate up to fifteen other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
Five- You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Alright, Here are the facts:

One- I had styrofoam banned from the Burbank Unified School District when I was in sixth grade.

Two- I love all things vintage and I’m a old soul. Anything 1940’s I love especially.

Three- I have PCOS and gained 100 lbs. in a year from it. What is PCOS? Look it up. Enjoy some Google time.

Four- I love American Horror Story and have met Dylan McDermott & Brad Falchuk within a week of each other.

Five- I love ballet flats and collect them. Well, and flip flops.

Six- I love nerds and goths. I’m so not a Brad Pitt kind of girl. Give me Zach Braff any day.

Seven- I love independent and foreign films. So much more interesting and we here in America need to stop remaking foreign films because the remake usually blows. City of Angels, need I say more?


I actually nominate everyone that has a chance to read this post to go ahead just do this.

National Geographic & Moi

I submitted a photo to National Geographic. I thought why not. Turns out a editor loved it and featured it on their blog. Sometimes it’s the little things that make me Uber Happy on a Wednesday.

My Five Minutes of Fame

Yes, I’m Doing That….

I know shocking that I’ve started out 2014 full force which means not much here but know my blog this year will be insightful and interesting to….I hope:

Women with PCOS, Moms/Dads of Teen Girls possessed by some strange crazy force causing them to talk loud and be evil (not really but boy they will act a bit evil), Moms/Dads of Young Boys who know they’re turning their mothers hair gray from sheer Superhero syndrome, Crafters, and those with Gluten & Dairy Allergies…OH and anyone who may catch a post that can relate to them.

For example of some things coming up…..

My review of the book “Let’s Get This Party Started” by Soleil Moon Frye.  I received it from the MoonFrye team with I’ve loved how into the the community they are of us moms who enjoy apps and crafts.  Even moms like me with really not a creative bone in me but willing to see what comes of my crafting adventures.

Recipes OH my and ones that a super busy mom can handle in short periods of time that have to taste good too because they, we are all picky eaters.

Reviews of different 3 Yr. Old Superhero activities out and around So. Cal.  Getting rid of our Disneyland pass….A bit freeing and leaves time to explore.

How to budget and organize without going crazy because you’re too busy to put much effort into it.

Fighting PCOS one day at a time and the little tricks along the way. First up though running my first 10k tomorrow.  Jogging a way to fight my PCOS and running with my oldest and dearest friend is a added bonus.

You get it….I really want to make this the blog someone can turn to if they live a crazy life like mine.  Between work, A Teenager, A Little Boy, and Husband with a business I’m always on the go but I love the idea of keeping this blog and sharing my “Don’t make it too difficult secrets” along the way.

Stay tuned for 2014……

Day 312 – Life – 37th Year Photo/Moi Challenge

My big full life….

It’s weird since my surgery I’ve been doing less of my blog.  Maybe because I’m still healing and at night I’m just done for but I miss it.  I really want a great blog.  I want a blog people can come to for Gluten Free ideas, Dairy Free Goodies, DIY the simple way, etc.  This year has been more of this challenge.  Do post something with a image every day for 365 days.

I feel over the past 312 days I’ve grown so much.  I’m less anal, I breathe more, take things less personally, and I’m kinder to me.  Life is short, enjoy it.

This photo today is from Sunday.  I was having my kids 3 year and 13 year photos taken and I saw this on Pinterest (the idea, the cute boy is mine) and this was a test shot to see if it was something I’d like to use.  It was a hit and yes we did some shots like this.  Can’t wait to see the professional ones.

My point today is I’m not beating myself up over missing days.  I am making a commitment to finish out the end of my 37th year with more meaningful posts.  Trying to find and capture moments.  I’ve done great on this challenge and I’ll be 38 in less than two months so I will enjoy the rest of this challenge.

Until tomorrow.


Saying Thanks…The Busy Mommy Way

I grew up not sending Thank You’s.  We did however always say Thank You but didn’t send a card. I’ve learned it’s the proper thing to do. This took some time to see people enjoy getting a thank you when they give you gifts…or do they? I’ll be honest when I say that I read the Thank You’s I receive but I don’t cherish these little notes sent to me. They usually end up in the trash or I take off the cover if it’s something I can use later and You all need to be honest that for the most part your Thank You’s end up in the same place…even if displayed for a bit.

Super Secret Liam Pants turned 3. He had a great party and all the kids had a ton of fun at Joey’s Gym.

Thank You’s had to be sent.

My first thought and yes, the first batch went using a app called Ink and included a piece of art Liam created turned into a Thank You laminated post card that was sent to the first half of those who came to Liam’s party. Basically those I had physical addresses for then and there when I was making the Thank You’s.

Now my intention was to contact the rest on the list and get their physical addresses too BUT I remembered I had credit with Paperless Post and well I have all the email addresses there and I could sent email Thank You’s and be a little green, save time, and still take the time to say Thank You.

After all is said and done I sent out all the Thank You’s and I hope everyone knows how much Mr. Secret Liam Pants enjoyed his party with his awesome friends and family….I learned that I don’t have to be the perfect mom and sit there writing out Thank You cards and that no one told me I have to be that perfect mother and really no mother is perfect but we are all great moms in our own way.  Even busy working moms who try and be domestic goddesses from time to time.


The “Ink” Thank You


The “Paperless Post” Thank You

Day 113 – Night – 37th Year Photo/Moi Challenge

Tonight as I went to my car for my phone charger I looked up into the cloudless sky and saw Stars. Not like those seen in Big Bear, CA up in the mountains where you can swear all the stars are right at your finger tips but stars and not the best photo but you can see the moon so just picture a sky filled with beautiful stars and a bright moon.